Many people see healthy-looking hair as a sign of health and beauty.
Like any other part of your body, hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow faster.
Below are 3 vitamins and 2 other nutrients or minerals that might be important for hair growth. Nova Medical Hair Transplant Toronto has experts to guide you with the same.
All cells need vitamin A for growth including hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. Vitamin A also helps in skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps make hair healthy.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach, and kale are all very high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A. Vitamin A can be found in animal products too such as milk, eggs, and yogurt.
One of the essential and best-known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin.
Studies do link biotin deficiency with hair loss in humans.
Thus, a deficiency is very rare because it occurs naturally in a wide range of foods.
There’s a lack of data about whether biotin is effective for hair growth in healthy individuals or not.
Other B-vitamins help to create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients in good amount to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth.
You can get vitamin B from many foods, such as whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark, leafy greens. Also, animal foods are the only good sources of vitamin B12. So if you’re following a vegetarian, consider taking these supplements.
Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant that helps you protect against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. In addition to this, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen, an important part of the hair structure. Vitamin C also helps your body to absorb iron, a mineral essential for hair growth.
Strawberries, peppers, guavas and citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C.
Iron helps red blood cells to carry oxygen to your cells. This makes it an essential mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth. Iron deficiency, which causes anemia, is a major factor of hair loss. It’s especially common in female. Foods in iron are clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach, and lentils.
Zinc plays a great role in hair tissue growth and repair. It helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. Hair loss is a very common symptom of zinc deficiency.
Meanwhile, some anecdotal reports supplementing with too high of a dose can also contribute to hair loss. So thus, it may be better to get your zinc from whole foods. Foods important in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and lentils.